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What Is Fair Use? A Basic Explanation For Aspiring Creatives [MakeUseOf Explains]

Internet

What Is Fair Use? A Basic Explanation For Aspiring Creatives [MakeUseOf Explains]

Half of the videos I find on YouTube always have some note in the description about how it’s totally legal for the creator to use songs from their favorite band as background music. Their reasoning tends to always be in the form of two words: fair use. Unfortunately, this is often because of complete ignorance. Other times its just a total disregard for the law.

24-01-2013
What Is Fair Use? A Basic Explanation For Aspiring Creatives [MakeUseOf Explains]
Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults

Windows Linux

Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults

Security and privacy are becoming more and more important to understand, yet it seems that the methods of understanding them hasn’t really followed. In addition, neither has the ability to easily manage your computer in a way to make it more secure and private. We have a lot of articles here on MakeUseOf that help you with that, however there is also a tool that makes this process much easier to do too.

24-01-2013
Click&Clean: Extend Your Browser Beyond The Privacy & Security Defaults
Currency – An Easy Way To Get Money Conversions On The Go [iOS]

Android iPhone and iPad

Currency – An Easy Way To Get Money Conversions On The Go [iOS]

When you are on the go, one of the most important pieces of information to have is currency conversions. After all, you need to know how far your money will go where you are. Are you getting a positive conversion or a negative one? How much of a hit will you take and will you need to bring more money to compensate for the conversion? Thankfully, the aptly named iPhone app Currency has all the conversions you need in one place.

24-01-2013
Currency – An Easy Way To Get Money Conversions On The Go [iOS]
I Don’t Care Why You Switched Mobile OS, Stop Telling Me About It [Opinion]

Android iPhone and iPad

I Don’t Care Why You Switched Mobile OS, Stop Telling Me About It [Opinion]

First up I just want to say that my house is full of Apple gear, from my toaster which regularly stops my toast burning despite my love of burnt toast, to my doorbell which is an actual recording of Steve Jobs’ dying breath. I’m telling you this because I’m about to make a shock horror statement which follows on from my obvious title about going against the grain and rooting for the underdog.

24-01-2013
I Don’t Care Why You Switched Mobile OS, Stop Telling Me About It [Opinion]
Mount Your Image Files On a Virtual Drive With WinCDEmu [Windows]

Windows

Mount Your Image Files On a Virtual Drive With WinCDEmu [Windows]

Your CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are rotting and optical discs as such are slowly disappearing from the market. ISO and other image file formats, however, are here to stay and are a good way to back up existing optical discs. Once the original disc has degraded beyond repair, you can burn its image backup to a new disc. Or you could give your discs and your wallet a break and just read the data directly from the hard drive. But how do you read ISO files?

23-01-2013
Mount Your Image Files On a Virtual Drive With WinCDEmu [Windows]
Regain Control Over Your Inbox With These 5 Tips For Managing Gmail

Internet

Regain Control Over Your Inbox With These 5 Tips For Managing Gmail

Everyone knows that these days, it’s pretty difficult to survive or to manage your affairs without email. In fact, most people have two or three emails to manage, so without a good handle on email management, that busy inbox can get out of control pretty fast. I know, you’re asking yourself do we really need another article about email management? Aren’t we done yet. Well….no.

23-01-2013
Regain Control Over Your Inbox With These 5 Tips For Managing Gmail
Make Windows 8 Sexier With These Background & Theme Tweaks

Windows

Make Windows 8 Sexier With These Background & Theme Tweaks

Does your Windows 8 system look too bland with the default settings? You can customize it in a variety of ways, changing a variety of backgrounds and colors — whether on the Start screen, lock screen, or desktop. Your Windows 8 system can be a subdued interface with dark colors and muted backgrounds, a tableau of bright colors and colorful flowers, or anything in between.

23-01-2013
Make Windows 8 Sexier With These Background & Theme Tweaks
Stabyourself, Play Some Games [MUO Gaming]

Gaming

Stabyourself, Play Some Games [MUO Gaming]

There’s been a sudden and unexpected lurch from hardcore games to casual games over the last few years, with the deadly combination of smartphones and social networking sites meaning the smallest, seemingly least impressive games have found massive audiences. Take Angry Birds, for example, which is a simple concept featuring visuals a three-year-old could replicate, and yet it’s more popular than Call Of Duty.

23-01-2013
Stabyourself, Play Some Games [MUO Gaming]
How To Unlock, Root & Install a Custom ROM On Your HTC One X

Android

How To Unlock, Root & Install a Custom ROM On Your HTC One X

I can’t say I’ve been entirely happy with having switched to Android – poor battery life, lack of system updates and general bugginess of my HTC One X being my main issues – but I heard a custom ROM could go some way to making me a happier Android owner. I therefore spent the afternoon trawling through forums, learning how to do the complete installation process from a stock phone, and I’m compiling that here.

23-01-2013
How To Unlock, Root & Install a Custom ROM On Your HTC One X
Must-Watch Documentaries About The Birth of Computers & The Internet

Internet

Must-Watch Documentaries About The Birth of Computers & The Internet

While computers and the Internet have moved into the public consciousness since the late 1990’s, their importance wasn’t quite appreciated until recently. But the computer revolution that started in the 1960’s was well into its stride when the following excellent documentaries were broadcast in the 1980’s and 1990’s. These must-watch films explain everything you need to know about the birth of computing and the development of the Internet.

23-01-2013
Must-Watch Documentaries About The Birth of Computers & The Internet
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